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Collection Level Description: Barlow Manuscripts

Reference: MSS. Barlow 1-55
Title: Barlow Manuscripts
Dates of Creation: 10th-17th cent.
Extent: 55 shelfmarks

Language of Material: Latin, English, Middle English, Italian, Ancient Greek, and Russian

Administrative/Biographical History

Thomas Barlow, a Westmorland man, was born in 1607. He was educated at the Queen's College, whence he took his BA degree in 1630, becoming MA and fellow in 1633. In 1653 he was elected Bodley's Librarian, and four years later became provost of his college. He resigned the librarianship in 1660 to become Lady Margaret Professor, and became Bishop of Lincoln in 1675. He died in 1691.

Scope and Content

Miscellaneous manuscripts collected by Thomas Barlow. The manuscripts, chiefly medieval, include Latin, English, Middle English, Italian, Greek and Russian.

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The manuscripts were bequeathed to the Library by Barlow in 1691.

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Further Information

Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. II, nos. 6413-6490.

Access Points

Manuscripts, English (Middle)

Manuscripts, Medieval

Barlow | Thomas | 1607-1691 | Bishop of Lincoln

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